Date of death: 5/17/2017

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1965

Edward Paul Seckinger, age 78, died on Wednesday May, 17, 2017 at his residence from cancer. He was a first -generation American, born to Agnes Seckinger and the late Johannes Seckinger in St. Meinrad, IN, on April 21, 1939. He attended St. Meinrad Grade School, graduated from St. Meinrad (Seminary) High School, and St. Meinrad College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He was a member of the monastic community at St. Meinrad for four years.Ed was employed at Mead Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb in Evansville for over 29 years. He worked as a lab technician in Nutritional Product Development and Pharmacology, and was a programmer in Management Information Services for many years. His last position was as a Software Engineer in the Bristol-Myers Data Center. He retired from BMS in 1994, was a member of the adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech for four years, held part-time positions with several area companies, and did programming for several churches.He was united in marriage to Rose Mary Walton April 16, 1966, at St. Benedict Church in Evansville. Ed and Rose Mary had two daughters, Jennifer Marie and Julia Ann, and were married 51 years. He was a member of Corpus Christi Church, had served as an usher, lector, and on the parish Finance Commission, He was inducted in the Brute Society in 2010.Ed was ‘a member of the Indiana National Guard from 1963 to 1978, and the U.S. Army Reserve from 1978 to 1992. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion 152d Infantry in Jasper, completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Knox, KY, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant after completing the course of studies at Indiana Military Academy. He completed the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, was branch qualified in the Quartermaster and Transportation Corps, and was a graduate of the U S. Army Command and General StaffCollege. In the Guard he was a weapons platoon leader, rifle platoon leader, company commander, served as Adjutant (S-l) on the battalion staff, and on special staff in the 76th Brigade and the 38th Division Material Management Center. In the Army Reserve he served as an Officer Advanced Course Instructor and as a Command and General Staff College Instructor. He completed his last four years in the Reserves as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics in the Pentagon. He retired from the military in 1992 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.Ed had served as President and Secretary of the Evansville Armed Forces Council and was awarded the Marvin J Evans Award in 1989. He had been a member and President of Evansville #1 Toastmasters Club and served as the Secretary for 6 years. He was a life member of the Reserve Officers Association and had served two terms as President and more than 12 years as Secretary for Chapter 1 in Evansville. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jennifer Marie, and brothers John, Joseph, and Leo. He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary, his daughter Julia Ann Myers, granddaughters Hannah, Emily, and Corinna Myers; sisters Agnes Gogel of Solon, IA and Rita Gogel of Mariah Hill, IN.